BAHN encourages the study and writing of the history of the Brethren movement. 

The aims of the BAHN are:

  • To support the development of archives of the history of the Christian Brethren, the deposit of material in such archives and to make their resources better known.
  • To encourage research into Brethren history world-wide, to assist those writing on such topics and to encourage cooperation, and greater understanding of the development of the movement.
  • To support the publication and circulation of historical works on the Brethren, and to increase awareness of them.

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Brethren Historical Review

We publish an annual periodical, the Brethren Historical Review. You can view articles from past volumes by clicking here.


Some of the articles for the 2017 issue are:

Roger Holden, Are We Worshipping at the Right Shrine? Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin

Timothy C. F. Stunt, An Early Forgotten Letter by J.N.D.

David Brady, David Walther (1794‒1871) and His Family: With a Catalogue of Walther’s Known Publications

Timothy C. F. StuntJohn William Peters (1791‒1861): Some Clarifications

Christina Evangelina Lawrence, Carter’s Kitchen: ‘Extraordinary tea drinkings for the starving poor.’

Roger Shuff, Romantic Affinities: A Brethren–tinted Perspective on the Spiritual Journey of John Ruskin

Alastair J. Durie, A Morningside Brethren Meeting: The Old Schoolhouse

Michael Ward Thompson, George Ward Ainsworth (1882‒1938): Brethren Evangelist




You can subscribe to the journal and the Studies in Brethren History books by downloading a subscription form here. A subscription also enrols you as a member of BAHN.






The Doctrines of Grace in an Unexpected Place

Mark Stevenson


  • ISBN: 9781498281096

  • Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 3/10/2017
  • Retail Price: $37.00

Does God sovereignly elect some individuals for salvation while passing others by? Do human beings possess free will to embrace or reject the gospel? Did Christ die equally for all people or only for some? These questions have long been debated in the history of the Christian church. Answers typically fall into one of two main categories, popularly known as Calvinism and Arminianism.
The focus of this book is to establish how one nineteenth-century evangelical group, the Brethren, responded to these and other related questions. The Brethren produced a number of colorful leaders whose influence was felt throughout the evangelical world. Although many critics have assumed the movement's theology was Arminian, this book argues that the Brethren, with few exceptions, advocated Calvinistic positions. Yet there were some twists along the way! The movement's radical biblicism, passionate evangelism, and strong aversion to systematic theology and creeds meant they refused to label themselves as Calvinists even though they affirmed Calvinism's soteriological principles--the so-called doctrines of grace.


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  Studies in Brethren History


   BAHN has launched a series of books entitled Studies in Brethren History.


     1. The first of these was a reprint of Tim Grass's definitive modern history, Gathering to His Name: The Story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, then click here

2. The second is Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach Among the Brethren, edited by Tim Grass. For more information on this book, click here. For an order form, click here.

 3. The third is entitled Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, click here.

4. The fourth is Brethren and Mission: Essays in Honour of Timothy C. F. Stunt. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, click here.

There is now also a subsidia series, and the first book in this series is Daniel J. Danielsen and the Congo: Missionary Campaigns and Atrocity Photographs by Oli Jacobsen. For an order form and information about this book, click here.

More information on these and other key books on Brethren history can be found on this website in Further reading. Several of these new academic histories of the Brethren appear in Paternoster Press's series, Studies in Evangelical History.


Joining BAHN

  • You can join BAHN or renew your subscription by completing the online form. Subscription is £15 per annum with 50% discount for registered students
  • Alternatively, you can join BAHN by writing with a completed subscription form to BAHN Secretary, 1 Brands Row, Crossgates, Fife KY4 8DE, enclosing a cheque, payable to "Partnership (UK) Ltd", negotiable at a UK bank, for £15. 

The subscription entitles you to membership for a year, together with the annual issue of Brethren Historical Review and Studies in Brethren History as they appear (our aim is one volume a year). 


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